Starting Metformin


#1

Hi, everyone. I’m starting metformin today, and was sort of surprised that my doctor said that I couldn’t eat “bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, or anything fatty.” Anybody here on metformin who can say what was OK to eat? I’m wondering: is brown rice OK? oatmeal? 100% whole wheat pasta? What about fatty stuff like avocado, olive oil, or nuts?

About me: Got pregnant naturally last summer, but miscarried. My cycles were all very long after that (8-12 weeks) so we went to a specialist. I have a BMI of about 20.3 and do not have a high androgen level, but was still diagnosed with PCOS due to high LH:FSH ratio and cystic ovaries. I’ve been trying clomid, but we keep having to up the dosage because I’m not responding well.


#2

[quote=Felicia_two]Hi, everyone. I’m starting metformin today, and was sort of surprised that my doctor said that I couldn’t eat “bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, or anything fatty.” Anybody here on metformin who can say what was OK to eat? I’m wondering: is brown rice OK? oatmeal? 100% whole wheat pasta? What about fatty stuff like avocado, olive oil, or nuts?

About me: Got pregnant naturally last summer, but miscarried. My cycles were all very long after that (8-12 weeks) so we went to a specialist. I have a BMI of about 20.3 and do not have a high androgen level, but was still diagnosed with PCOS due to high LH:FSH ratio and cystic ovaries. I’ve been trying clomid, but we keep having to up the dosage because I’m not responding well.[/quote]

You [I]can[/I] eat those things while on Metformin but I think what your doctor is probably suggesting is a low carb and high protein diet… like atkins diet or south beach diet. These types of diet are very helpful for people with PCOS and will help you lose weight quickly and the weight loss will help with your hormones. I did south beach diet last year and lost 60lbs and my hormones and cysts improved a lot and then I became pregnant. I had my son in february and started my diet again in May and the more weight I lose the better my hormones and cysts get and the more regular my cycles become. Changing your eating habits is hard but it truly does make a huge difference for those of us with PCOS. Best of luck to you :slight_smile: :cross:


#3

yeah I dont think its so much metformin but the PCOS